02

Date: 
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00 to 13:45
Room: 
Large Classroom
Student should bring: 

nagado bachi (usually larger diameter, harder "kashi" wood)
earplugs

Class syllabus: 

My name is ________.
My preferred pronoun is _____________.
I love the texture of ________.

intro:
body work
guidance and references through imagery
- to bring awareness to our own body
- to build connection with our own body
- to build connection with the instrument
- everyone is different and have their own pace of connection with their body

Chi/ki Experiment
- the word "Qi" (qi-gong 氣功) shares the same character/kanji as "ki" (ki-ai 氣合)
(however the character for Tai Chi 太極 is different from Qi/Ki 氣)
- "Qi" or "ki" is a major component of our body that can be easily overlooked

Alignment
- apply the same concept of feeling the air/ki through your spine to build upper body awareness
- to feel the alignment of shoulder, arms, and lower body
- to feel the space around our body

Warm up:
1) tai chi warm up arm swinging exercise
- purpose: posture awareness, and the concept of initiating from your core, and "letting go" of the arms
2) den den daiko arm swing exercise
- purpose: initiating from core, imagine a tiny pulley on the top of your head that guide the direction
3) "dying cockroaches" for 2 minutes
- purpose: "shake it up" shake up the qi/ki throughout your entire body

alignment of body with drum
- air bachi to check posture and allignment
- 2 minutes drum roll gradually from soft to loud, focus on posture

doko doko
- focus on hand grip tension
- gradually go from soft to loud to soft to allow your body to adjust and reset

Waterbottles
step 1: swinging forward and backward to feel the water flow and the timing of when the water hit the bottom fo the bottle
step 2: swing the bottle without making the water splash inside the bottle
step 3: explore swinging the bottle in different direction, again without splashing the water inside
Purpose: follow the flow of water, understanding the flow from "initial energy", the "velocity" of the flow, and the direction of the flow.
step 4: try the same motion on the drums

Drills:
2 minutes roll
- focus on breathing and bring your awareness to where tension happen

oroshi
- All together and then one by one - crescendo > decrescendo
- focus on breathing and using core power
- be mindful that everyone is different and the goal is to go beyond your own comfort zone rather than comparing with others

Teacher(s): 
Yeeman Mui
Attendance: 
Kim Masumi
Beth Syverson
Images: 

Classes in this Course

Date Title
Sat, September 21, 2019 01
Sat, September 28, 2019 02
Sat, October 05, 2019 03
Sat, October 12, 2019 04
Sat, October 19, 2019 05
Sat, November 02, 2019 06
Sat, November 09, 2019 07
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